Laying It All on the Line (13 of 21) by Jerry Vines

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Laying It All on the Line (13 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 2:25-30
8/21/05

Have you noticed on our study on the book of Philippians how Paul is constantly thinking about others? In this second chapter and in verse 4 you may remember that he said, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." This is a man who has given himself totally and completely to the Lord Jesus Christ in unselfish service, and a result of that is that he is not thinking about himself but rather he is thinking about other people.

Have you also noticed as you read the writings of the Apostle Paul how many friends he has? Paul not only knew how to win souls but he knew how to win friends.

I turned to Romans 16 this week and just glancing over it, I saw that he was making some greetings, and I think I counted over 35 names of people who were friends of Paul.

If you will give your life to the Lord Jesus and will serve the Lord Jesus Christ, along the way He will give you many wonderful friends.

We are going to study another one of those friends, this man named Epaphroditus. You probably wouldn't name one of your sons Epaphroditus, but the name means lovely, charming, or handsome. He is one of those beautiful pictures in the Bible of a consecrated lay person who has given himself totally, unreservedly to the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he is immortalized in the pages of scriptures because he is willing to lay it all on the line for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Epaphroditus is one of those selfless Christians who don't have to be the running back on the team. He doesn't have to be the main one. He doesn't have to be a big fish in a little pond. Epaphroditus is willing to take the place which God has given to him and serve the Lord in that roll in unselfish service.

When I read the story in the verses of scriptures on this page about Epaphroditus, I couldn't help but think about many of the wonderful lay peo ...


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